The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team could not slow Drew in a 12-4 loss in a Landmark Conference game on Wednesday night at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals (6-6, 2-3 Landmark) are now in fourth place in the Landmark Conference with one conference game remaining. They can clinch a playoff berth with a win when they visit Susquehanna on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Drew (6-6, 2-2) used a seven-goal run spanning the third quarter and the first six minutes of the fourth to turn a 4-3 halftime lead into an 11-3 advantage that was too big to overcome.
Scranton was led by junior attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade), who finished with a goal and an assist. Senior midfielder William Joyce (Bethesda, Md./St. John's) had two assists, and the trio of junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade), freshman midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and freshman attackman Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) added a goal apiece.
Scranton held a narrow 31-29 edge in shots, but the Rangers put 19 shots on goal to 11 by the Royals. Drew held a 36-29 edge in ground balls and won 11 of 20 faceoffs, including eight of 11 in the second half. Scranton finished 10-for-10 in clear attempts while the Rangers were 12-for-13, and Scranton had 12 turnovers while Drew finished with 13.
Junior midfielder Jack Kiess (Glen Rock, N.J./Ramapo) was the lone Scranton player with two caused turnovers, and he was six Royals to tie for the team lead with three ground balls apiece.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday in that key Landmark Conference matchup with Susquehanna at 1 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.